Hidden away in the heart of a park of more than 4 hectares decorated with ancient trees, you will find this 15th century Chateau
The thrill of hunting down that longed for antique or bagging a decorative water-color sends millions of home makers out to scour car boot sales (this is what’s called a ‘vide grenier‘ in France) every summer in search of a prize. Hunting for bargains is exciting. It can also be damaging… for your bank balance.
Before leaving for your home hunting trip in France, you need to prepare thoroughly. You may luck out on a spontaneous trip but the odds are stacked against you. You need to clearly define your search criteria. Circulate it to all the realtors (agent immobilier) you have identified. If necessary, give each one a call and discuss their ideas. Then, do as much research as you can using Google Earth, Google Street View and simple Google Search to find out as much as you can on each possible. Make a shortlist of properties to view and organize your viewing schedule.
Home hunting in France can be great fun. It can also take longer than you possibly imagined. Refining your search. Sorting the wheat from the chaff. Making sure that each property on your short list really has earned its place. This process can take more time than you imagined. One way to short circuit all this is to work with a professional French home hunter.
Rory Ramsden is a French property finder and buyer's agent working for high net worth private clients wishing to buy a chateau, manor or vineyard in the south west of France. He has lived in France for 8 years after spending time travelling the world on business.
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